Global rail and transit manufacturer Wabtech released its 2020 Sustainability Report detailing the company’s commitment to environmental and social responsibilities.

The report outlines a series of activities the company has undertaken to date to improve its global environmental performance, including how additive manufacturing has contributed to the firm’s sustainability objectives.

Rafael Santana, President and CEO of Webtech, stated, “Webtech’s position as a global transportation leader gives us a unique perspective on the trends that are affecting our customers and other stakeholders, namely: climate change, automation and digitization, and urbanization.”

“Our 2020 Sustainability Report outlines a series of aggressive goals to address those trends, improve our performance on global environmental, social and governance matters, and drive a better future for the people and the planet.”

Webtech and 3d printing

Webtech is a global leader in the provision of equipment, systems and digital solutions for the freight and transit rail sectors. The firm’s portfolio includes highly engineered metal components and systems that it provides to most major rail transit systems around the world.

Last year, Wabtec became one of the first customers to receive GE Additive’s H2 binder jet metal 3D printer, driven by the aim of increasing the use of additive manufacturing in the transportation industry.

Recently, the company announced that it had acquired an 11,000-square-foot plot at Neighborhood 91, Pittsburgh’s additive manufacturing hub. Expected to be completed by spring next year, Wabtech plans to use its new facility to produce lighter parts for its transit customers. Reduction in time by 80 percent.

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Currently, Wabtec uses 3D printing in its manufacturing processes to reduce material and energy waste associated with the manufacture of complex assemblies and parts. Integrating additive manufacturing can reduce production waste by 70-80 percent, while significantly reducing time to market by up to 90 percent.

Wabtec produced over 1,250 3D printed prototypes during 2019, becoming the first rail supplier to incorporate metal 3D printed parts into production on its North American rolling stock. Looking ahead, the company intends to produce more than 25,000 additive manufactured parts by 2025.

The firm is also employing remanufacturing processes to keep its products in circulation for as long as possible, reducing waste, extending the life of equipment and increasing cost savings.

According to WebTech, approximately £ 296 million worth of end-of-life materials are brought back to its global manufacturing facilities, which are later reused or recycled with less than one percent of waste.

Santana continued, “On almost every continent we are demonstrating the power of Wabtech when we work together to achieve a common objective.” “By focusing on sustainability and accountability, and with an incredible team behind us, I believe we will achieve our goals and create a bigger, stronger webtech to move and improve the world.”

Sustainability efforts in 3D printing sector

Within industries around the world, sustainability has become an important consideration for all levels of the supply chain. Reducing waste, improving efficiency of operations, integrating additive manufacturing and digitization are all ways in which companies are trying to improve their processes to suit their environmental and social responsibilities.

Last year, German 3D printer OEM EOS CEO Mary Langer announced that the company would do more with the “positive environmental and social benefits” of 3D printing, while UK-based post-processing specialist Editive Manufacturing Technologies (AMT) made four Designed the outline. the pillars through which it will promote stability and security; No waste, better chemicals, less energy, less labor and consumables.

Elsewhere, 3D printing is being used to improve the environmental footprint of manufacturing spare parts in favor of time and material-intensive traditional methods.

German engineering group ThyssenKrupp recently partnered with Wilhelmsen Ships Services to deliver 3D printed spare parts for the maritime sector, while petrochemical firm Braskem 3D to help optimize its inventory supply chain and ultimately keep less stock The software adopted the DigiPart program of start-up spare parts 3D.

Additive manufacturing is also helping firms get closer to the circular economy concept, a notion that seeks to make optimal use of resources to avoid waste. Recent projects in this direction include the production of biobased materials for 3D printing from waste food, and the production of high-performance metal powders from scrap sources by building closed-loop supply chains.

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